Words mean almost nothing
compared to the tone of your voice—
which is silent and as flat as your stomach
in that picture of you standing in the water.
If I could hear you speak those words just once
instead of reading them a thousand times
I might know what you meant—
if I could watch the way your body spoke
of the water you were swimming in
I might be able to decode the temperature
of your river – whether it ran hot or cold.